Family Activities:

Sunrise Visitor Center


Sunrise Visitor Center

White River Entrance, Highway 410, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

In the northeast corner of the park inside the White River entrance, Sunrise Visitor Center lies at 6,400 feet, the highest visitor center in the park. Because of the elevation and location, the visitor center is only open seasonally, but easily rivals the beauty of Paradise with magnificent views of the Emmons Glacier. It’s also less busy (but it’s still worth arriving early in the day to avoid a wait at the entrance).

Don’t miss it if you’re touring during the summer. Families will find a day lodge here with a snack bar, a log cabin-esque visitor center housing displays on Rainier’s geology and the park’s natural and cultural history, ranger-led programs, and information for hikers.

Like Paradise, Sunrise offers families easy hikes from the visitor center, though here the trails aren’t paved and have a more back-country feel to them. Stop at Sunrise Point on your way in or when you leave to take in sweeping views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, Mt. Adams and Oregon’s Mt. Hood.

The visitor center is open daily, generally starting on July 1 through late September. No overnight accommodations here.

Recent Traveler Reviews

Worth the drive

by calkinsa

The visitor center has Mount Rainier for a backdrop. It is a beautiful area. Extensive gift shop. Cafe with a typical lunch menu. It's busy and expensive, but unless you packed your own food...
America the Beautiful

by Mimiwq62

Very impressed with this side of Mt. Rainier. We lucked out on a couple of hours hiking as the weather couldn't of been more perfect for the amount of time we spent! Park rangers were…